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Core Diploma subjectTackling addiction:
Understanding and treating all types of
addictive behaviour

An online course with: Joe Griffin              

This hugely popular course is now online
– c
lick the following links for details:

Tackling Addiction

Understanding and treating all types of addictive behaviour

Discover why we are all vulnerable to addiction, what causes and drives addictions
– and the best ways to beat them

> Learn more
Enrol now


What you will gain from the course:

  • How to be more effective when working with all sorts of addictions, including alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorders, gambling, shopping, computer games, TV, sexual obsessions and other compulsions
  • A greater understanding of the addictive process and what drives it including:
  • New insights into the process of addiction, the destructive dissociative elements that fuel it, and why withdrawal symptoms are the key to understanding why people become addicted
  • New research-based information on the facts about which forms of treatment work and which don’t
  • The fascinating connection between addiction and learning
  • Why withdrawal symptoms are so painful and how to deal with them
  • A whole new understanding of the effective strategies you need for dealing with the full range of addictive behaviours – and how to put them into practice
  • Knowledge of the discoveries about how to disengage the brain from addictive behaviour which are proving highly beneficial for helping addicts recover (sometimes even quite quickly)
  • The social factors that are increasing the likelihood of addictive behaviour
  • Increased understanding of why young people take drugs
  • Ten warning signs that children are abusing drugs
  • Specific information about how to break addictive patterns and
    prevent relapses
  • The good news about addiction – why many addicts can and do recover relatively quickly
  • ...and more


Why is this course important?

Addictions blight the lives of millions and are a massive drain on health and social services. For a long time, uninformed dogma has held back progress in the way addiction was understood and treated.

But Joe Griffin's new science-based insights into what is happening in our brain when we become addicted, and the advances this increased understanding has brought to treatment, represent a major leap forward in the successful treatment of addictions of all sorts and are reducing the suffering of thousands.

As well as exploring these, this lively training day provides an essential overview of a wide variety of addictive behaviours, including what they have in common and explains in detail the most successful ways of rapidly breaking addictive patterns and preventing relapses using psychotherapy informed by these latest neuroscientific findings.

If you have an interest in addiction of any sort, for whatever reason,
this day is a must.


The most useful course I've attended on addiction
in over 10 years of working in the field.
Youth & Community Worker

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who wishes to understand the process of addiction and
    why we are so prone to addictive behaviours
  • Anyone wishing to understand the pain of withdrawal and learn how to better prevent relapses
  • All members of the caring and welfare professions including:
    drug workers, youth workers, doctors, nurses, psychotherapists, counsellors, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, cognitive behavioural therapists, teachers, social workers, support workers
  • If you are curious about more effective ways to treat addictive behaviour, whether for professional or personal reasons, this day is for you.

Please note: This course was previously entitiled
'Addiction: Understanding and treating addictive behaviour'

Course Programme


Why addictive behaviour and substance abuse are on the increase

  • The facts about the rise in addictive behaviours including: cocaine, heroin, alcohol, cigarettes, eating disorders, shopping, gambling etc.
  • Changes in society that feed the rate of increase in addictive behaviours
  • Why the human givens approach gives us a more comprehensive model for understanding various aspects of addictive behaviour
  • Why young people take drugs
  • The best predictors of drug abuse. Ten warning signs that children are abusing drugs
  • The disease model versus the social learning model of addictive behaviour.

The most effective strategies

  • What we can learn from the biggest, most comprehensive research study ever undertaken on addictive behaviour.
  • The good news about addictive behaviour – why many addicts can, and do, recover quickly.
  • Typical addictive beliefs and how to change them.
  • The importance of motivational interviewing and how to do it.
  • The addictive trance model and how to separate a person’s core identity from the addictive state.
  • How to combat abstinence anxiety.
  • How to prevent relapses.

How change happens

  • How to use our natural human abilities and the power of imagination to break free from addictive states.
  • Dealing with withdrawal symptoms

Making a difference straight away

  • Specific focus on the addictive elements within eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, compulsive eating) and how to effectively combat them.
  • The five most effective techniques for changing all types of addictive behaviours. Pulling the day together

This hugely popular course is now online
– click the following links for details:

Tackling Addiction

Understanding and treating all types of addictive behaviour

Discover why we are all vulnerable to addiction, what causes and drives addictions
– and the best ways to beat them

> Learn more
Enrol now


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